Gurgaon, March 7: In a major relief to restaurant owners, the Haryana government said that only one day i.e Gandhi Jayanti will be completely dry in Gurugram. In Gurugram, Liquor will be served after 5 pm (1700 hours) on all dry days except on Gandhi Jayanti, reported Hindustan Times. The changes come following the state government's new liquor licencing policy. Liquor Rates In Haryana To Go Up From April 1 Due To Hike In Excise Duty.
The state currently has three dry days but the excise department has allowed serving liquor on Republic Day (January 26) and Independence Day (August 15) after 1700 hours. The deputy excise and taxation commissioner, HC Dahiya speaking to Hindustan Times said that the change in dry days has been made following a similar change in Punjab, where, liquor is allowed to be served on national holidays in the evening. Dahiya added that it will help the state to generate more revenue. Liquor Home Delivery: Maharashtra Government Takes U-Turn.
Meanwhile, the alcohol is all set to become costlier from April 1, 2019, in Haryana as the state cabinet approved an increase in excise duty on the sales of liquor in the state. Notably, it is worth to know that even after the hike, alcohol in Haryana would be cheaper as compared to nearby states like Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. The excise policy for 2019-20 was passed on Tuesday by cabinet under the chairmanship of CM Manohar Lal Khattar.